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The Basketball Tournament 2018: Overseas Elite rolls, Team Fredette’s comeback falls short

Overseas Elite and Eberlin Drive will square off in the finals tonight.

The TBT Semi-Finals was set to be a good one, and it did not disappoint. In the first game, top-seeded Overseas Elite faced off against 3-seed Golden Eagles, Marquette’s Alumni Team. In the second matchup, 2-seed Team Fredette clashed with 7-seed Eberlin Drive.

Overseas Elite defeats Golden Eagles: 85-60

Overseas Elite came into this game after a close one.

But the early part of this game was not close. DJ Kennedy and Kyle Fogg put on a show. It was mostly due to turnovers and just tight half-court defense.

The Golden Eagles made baskets early on, but they faced a 28-13 deficit after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Eagles started getting aggressive. They took more chances, and did what they had to do in the paint to trim Overseas Elite’s lead.

As the pace intensified, so did the fouls.

Overseas Elite kept their lead but let the Golden Eagles hang around by sending them to the charity stripe. The Overseas Elite led the Golden Eagles, 52-39 at halftime.

After half, it was more of the same. Kyle Fogg for Overseas Elite was playing out of his mind. He was shooting from anywhere he wanted, and the Golden Eagles could not stop him.

As the Elam Ending arrived, the deciding score was set at 85. The Eagles failed the score and lost 85-60.

Eberlin Drive defeats Team Fredette: 80-76

Morgan State’s Hill Field House looked a BYU home game as Team Fredette clashed with Eberlin Drive. Eberlin Drive’s size was most differently the difference in this game: Their roster had eight players 6’8 or taller.

Christian Watford and James Michael McAdoo dominated last night. Macadoo had 15 points and Jeremy Evans had 16 points. But point guard Donald Sloan was unstoppable, as he led the team with 20 points.

Team Fredette was overmatched physically by Eberlin Drive. Jimmer Fredette had 24 points but his efforts weren’t really seen until the second half.

But Jimmer being Jimmer, he heated up from distance.

Team Fredette went on a 10-0 run and cut the lead to one. But Eberlin Drive did not lose their drive and kept fighting until the Elam Ending. The ending score was set at 80. Team Fredette was close until an ill-advised pass gave Eberlin Drive the win.

Both games had their entertaining points and now it’s down to two teams. Overseas Elite are looking for the four-peat and Eberlin Drive is looking to end their streak.

The TBT Championship game is tonight at 9 p.m.